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22 November 2021

Belfast Zoo achieves a silver Green Tourism Award

We have been awarded a silver Green Tourism accreditation in recognition of our sustainable practices within the zoo!

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19 November 2021

Belfast Zoo has Christmas gift ideas for everyone!

We've got plenty of ideas to help you find the perfect gift for the animal lover in your life. Choose from zoo membership, gift vo...

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10 November 2021

A critically endangered species of gorilla has been born at Belfast Zoo

Arriving in the early hours of Friday 8 October, the Western lowland gorilla, was born to mother Kamili and father Gugas.

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Conservation and history

History of the zoo

Learn about our history, when we opened, and recent developments.

Our history
The role of a modern zoo

Zoos were first created as private collections, or menageries but their aims and objectives have changed greatly.

Our role
Breeding programmes

Good zoos are more than simply a place to see animals. We play a vital role in the conservation of species at risk.

Our breeding programmes
Supported conservation projects

More species are facing extinction than ever before. We have a responsibility to ensure their survival.

Our supported projects

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